Statements of Nalyvaichenko and Vovk on Dutch television
8 maart 2018 - Landelijk Parket
In a Dutch news program (Zembla, Wednesday March 7th) former officers of the Ukraine secret service SBU Nalyvaichenko and Vovk have made statements about names of potential suspects in the JIT MH17 investigation.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) wishes to stress that Mr Vovk and Mr Nalyvaichenko left the SBU in 2015. It is clear from that moment on, they did not have any access to the MH17 investigative results. In fact, even when they were still employed by the SBU, they were never involved in the process of gathering evidence and analysing that evidence, nor in the position to advise or decide on whether any person has the status of suspect.
State of affairs in the investigation
The JIT agreement has been prolonged until 1 January 2019. The criminal investigation continues. At the same, time consideration is being given to planning for a future criminal prosecution in the Netherlands.
The JIT pursues maximum transparency. But there are limits to this transparency due to the interests of investigation and prosecution. The criminal investigation as well as prosecution and trial of perpetrators will necessarily take a long time. Meticulousness precedes speed. Step by step, progress is being made in establishing the truth, identifying the suspects and consecutively prosecuting these individuals.
The JIT cannot comment on individuals that are important to the investigation, such as witnesses and/or potential suspects. Due to the interests of investigation and prosecution, the JIT has to exercise restraint in supplying information about the criminal investigation.